Ludovico Einaudi has released a 12-track digital collection, 12 Songs From Home, recorded at his home in Italy on his own upright piano while on lockdown. The collection’s artwork was drawn by Einaudi, and the tracks were recorded using the composer’s iPhone.
Einaudi explains, “I recorded 12 Songs From Home between March and April 2020 during the peak of Italy’s lockdown. In March I started to play live concerts regularly on social media. Switching on my phone to connect for 30-40 minutes with the world has been a beautiful and intimate alternative to the spring tour that I regrettably had to postpone. This new release is the memory of those home live concerts, my memory of this time, the memory of a strange and new atmosphere that we won’t forget”.
In March, Einaudi released an ‘At Home’ video for Greenpeace on his official Facebook page, dedicated to his fans, those “who stay at home in order to fight the health emergency”, and those who continue to campaign for action on climate change around the world. This video has since achieved over 250,000 views.
After the huge response to his self-broadcasts, Einaudi felt inspired to record this special set on his iPhone. It features some of the best-known works from Einaudi’s career including 2004’s ‘Nuvole Bianche’, ‘Ascent’ from his mammoth Seven Days Walking project last year and ‘Elegy for the Arctic’, released in 2018 to highlight Greenpeace’s climate change campaign.
ABOUT LUDOVICO EINAUDI
Einaudi was born in Turin and trained as a classical composer and pianist at the Milan Conservatorio. He studied under Luciano Berio, one of the most important composers of the twentieth century avant-garde. After some early prestigious commissions in the classical world Einaudi turned his back on what he regarded as an essentially conservative approach to music to embrace his own enthusiasms, which included African, folk and rock music.
Described by The Daily Telegraph as a “pianist with rock god tendencies”, Einaudi has performed sold-out shows at the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo and the Barbican in London, Lincoln Centre in New York, Waldbuhne in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Sydney Opera House.
Ludovico Einaudi’s music has become widely recognised thanks to its use in films and advertisements. He has provided music for numerous films including This Is England and the French Oscar nominee Untouchables.
In 2016 the Einaudi performed on a floating platform in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, specially built by Greenpeace, to raise awareness of global warming.
Follow Ludovico Einaudi at ludovicoeinaudi.com